“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Sofa „
Back when I moved into my first city apartment with my husband we needed to furnish it as cheaply as possible. We saw the IKEA Klippan Two Seater Sofa on sale at £120 (the usual price is £150) and thought that it fit the bill perfectly - it's a modern minimalist design, at a cheap price and ready to take away there and then.
In terms of style I'd say it perfectly suits an apartment - it's squared off with a low back and arm rests, and has short stubby dull chrome effect legs. It is available in a variety of different colours, all of the covers are non removable and cotton, we went for the beige which is probably a poor decision since you can't remove the covers and wash them! A replacement cover can be purchased for £40 - £60 (we didn't see the value in this as we only ever bought it to be temporary) or you can 'upgrade' to the IKEA Klippan Two Seater Sofa in leather for around £450.
So, we got it home (it comes wrapped in clear plastic), unwrapped it and screwed on the legs and we were good to go! It looked good in our apartment and it came with us to the two next apartments but over time the arms started to get grubby and no amount of cleaning with furniture foam could get it back to it's new condition, so we kept our eye out for a new sofa. In the end we bought a leather sofa on sale from Tesco direct, we went for leather because of our experience with the IKEA Klippan Two Seater Sofa - it's much much easier to wipe down a leather sofa. Also the Klippan isn't huge being a small two seater and no-one could sleep on it, our new sofa is softer and bigger. We had to replace it because when I was heavily pregnant it was absolute agony to sit on, so maybe the IKEA Klippan Two Seater Sofa isn't ideal for larger people. That said, it served us well for about four years so only £30 a year - a sofa bargain, really!
Eventually it went to the skip but we were a bit sad to see it go as it was the symbol of us moving into our new place - but we'd outgrown it. That's why I'd recommend the IKEA Klippan Two Seater Sofa only to those on a budget, such as students or maybe for occasional use in a conservatory or even a waiting room. Overall for £120 (or £150) it is a bargain, it fills an immidiate sofa need, and though it won't last you a long time and isn't the most comfortable thing in the world, I still recommend it to anyone needing a budget sofa because you won't get a new one cheaper than this anywhere I know, easily and readily.
I bought my Klippan sofa about 2 years ago and still absolutely love it! I've lived in a succession of houses with small living rooms, so I need to select furniture that is compact and functional to make the most of the little space that I have. The Klippan sofa is marketed as a two-seater, and it will seat two comfortably and three at a squeeze. The shape of the sofa looks quite boxy, but it is very comfy and seems to have been designed for the optimum combination of comfort and economy of materials.
There is some assembly required, the sprung base of the sofa is pre-assembled but the backrest, arms and legs need to be attached. This is pretty simple to do and not too much hassle. The sofa has a range of interchangeable covers to choose from, in lots of different colours and patterns. I like this because this gives us a bit of variety in our living room decor, and it's handy when you have small children spilling drinks all over the place. The covers are machine washable, but are heavy and made from thick material so you will need a washing machine with a decent capacity (mine's 7kg) and enough space to allow it to dry properly.
On the whole, the klippan range is very practical. It also has matching footstools, which I have considered buying, but they seem a bit pricey in comparison to the sofas (which are really good value). My original sofa and cover combination cost about £170, and you can buy replacement covers for about £30 - £60. They are bringing out new designs quite frequently, my favourite is the one that looks a bit "yellow submarine"-esque.
Klippan Two Seat Sofa. Ikea.
Until our recent move my partner and I were renting a nice little studio flat and as part of the deal our landlady had supplied all or most of the furniture including the sofa which I will be reviewing today.
The Klippan sofa from Ikea is a two seater, low backed and low priced sofa which is available in a variety of colours including white, cream, red, black, blue and even a multicoloured version. The version we were supplied with was white, which in my opinion is pure crazy... A white sofa in a rented flat! None the less our landlady obviously liked it so we were stuck with it and lived with it for almost 18 months.
The sofa itself is rather plain looking in its rectangular shape and it looks as if it would fit perfectly into a box as the sofa back and arms rests are at the same low height and for this reason I did tend to call it our box-sofa. The sofa has 4 chunky silver coloured metal legs underneath to support it. Personally I am not a fan of the look of this sofa at all as I prefer something a lot more flumpy and soft.
As we didn't purchase the sofa ourselves I cannot comment on the assembly of the product but I can see on the Ikea website that the sofa does require self assembly, although from looking at the sofa I can't imagine this being too hard as it looks pretty basic.
The sofa itself is kind of comfy to sit on, the seat part is lovely and soft but this is about where it ends as far as sitting comfort is concerned as for me personally the back of the sofa is too low and it isn't very well padded, when I sit on a sofa I love that flumpy feeling as if I've just landed in a big pile of cushions, I don't get this at all with the Klippan. I also like to sit in the corner when I sit on a sofa however the corner of this sofa is really uncomfortable, the arm rest is quite hard and flat and as a result of this it became used as a substitute table for my laptop and other various items and the low back proved to be a bit of a pain as I would often lean back and knock my head on the wall or move my arm and catch my knuckles on the wall as the back of the sofa was lower than my shoulders when seated.
One good point of this sofa is that it is very comfortable for sleeping on. For various reasons I have spent a couple of nights on the sofa, usually after falling asleep watching a film and then being too lazy to move and I often found that I would sleep better on the sofa than I did in the bed which the landlady had also provided. Due to the seat part of the sofa being quite springy and soft this made for quite a comfortable bed and a few friends who have stayed over have also commented on how comfy the sofa is to sleep on.
Due to this sofa being white and the fabric being the kind which seems to not only attract dirt but also hold onto it rather well, we found out quite quickly that it gets very dirty very easily no matter how careful we were and as a result of this we ended up buying some blankets from Ikea to assist us in keeping the sofa clean and getting our deposit returned when we eventually moved out. However due to the awkward shape of the sofa we needed three blankets to cover it effectively and even then it was still impossible to keep it that nice bright white which it started off as and as a result cleaning the sofa became a fortnightly event involving the vacuum and the occasional treatment with Vanish to bring the brightness back. As you can imagine this isn't really how I wanted to spend every other weekend and neither did my partner. There is a removable cover on the sofa which is machine washable, however due to the size of the cover it doesn't actually fit into a normal sized washing machine and would really need to go to the cleaners, an expense we didn't want to have and as a result we didn't do. On the day we were moving we spent a good couple of hours cleaning the sofa and I would say the result was ok, the landlady didn't seem to have any complaints and we got our deposit returned to us.
Despite our constant cleaning combined with everyday use I never found any obvious or bad signs of wear and tear on the sofa and while the fabric showed up every possible spec of dirt it could this was really the only sign of use it had. The fabric didn't go bobbly even after so many Vanish-ing and vacuuming sessions, however we did notice that the fabric seemed to go a little baggy after it had dried out from the Vanish-ing sessions, this concerned us at first but within a few days it returned to normal and looked fine.
The Makings of a Good Sofa and Sofa Sizing
The sizes of the sofa are as follows, please note I had to get these from the Ikea website as we no longer live in the flat which houses the sofa.
Width: 180 cm
Depth: 88 cm
Height: 66 cm
Seat depth: 54 cm
Seat height: 43 cm
If you consider the fact that this is only a two seater sofa I think these sizes are a bit big and the sofa does take up a considerable amount of space due to the chunky back and arm rests.
I have also used the Ikea website as a reference to be able to give you an idea of the products used to make this sofa, these include (but are not limited to) a frame made from plywood, fibreboard and cardboard along with a water resistant particleboard, a couple of types of steel and some solid hardwood and softwood. The upholstery of the sofa is made from a combination of various Polyurethane foams and polyester hollow fibre wadding together with a 100% cotton fire retardant interliner.
Price and Availability
The sofa is currently priced at £150 and is available in Ikea stores but currently unavailable to purchase online. Extra covers can be purchased and a matching footstall is also available.
Depending on your needs for the sofa I might just about be able to recommend it. It is a durable sofa and I'm sure in any colour except white it might actually be a 4 star product. As a first sofa this may be ideal as it is a low price and reasonably comfortable if you don't mind such a low back. I think it may also be a good purchase for people who want to furnish a home or flat ready to rent but I certainly wouldn't recommend the white one as it shows up every single mark and spec of dirt and some tenants may not be bothered about keeping it clean.
So, overall if you can afford to spend a bit more then I would give this sofa a miss but if you cant then it isn't what I would call a bad purchase as I'm sure there are worse sofas out there but it definitely isn't one of the best and I will be giving it 3 out of 5 stars.
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This sofa is one of the many things that I recently purchased from Ikea.
I stay in a flat and don't have much space, so I had been searching for a compact and cheap sofa for a long time. The moment I saw this in Ikea I knew this was perfect for my living room.
At around £150 I think it is great deal for a new sofa.
As with all Ikea products it comes as a flat pack and you have to assemble it. I did it with my husband, we managed to assemble it quite easily. The instructions that come along with it are quite easy to follow.
The frame of the sofa comes in about four pieces and the cover goes on top. In fact the hardest part was putting on the cover.
One good aspect of the sofa is that the cover is removable and washable and it comes in various colours.
The sofa is fairly strong and sturdy, definitely better than what I expected for the price.
Where the seat joins the armrest, the cover is held in place by a black plastic tube, or at least that is the design. I have noticed that the tube has a tendency to keep poking out of place, but apart from that I think the sofa is a good buy.
This is a decent priced and fashionable looking two-seater sofa from Ikea. There are various colour options available including black , white, red, turquoise and a couple of patterned varieties however I have the blue denim effect finish on mine. They retail at about £150 which is an excellent price for a brand new sofa. It is open underneath (with no fabric skirting), allowing easy access for sweeping and hovering. The cover is also removable and machine washable although I haven't tried this yet.
The seat is quite deep and I personally find it more comfortable with cushions however a taller person would probably not be bothered by this. The style of the sofa means that the back is not very high and does not offer any upper back support so it can get a bit uncomfortable after a while. However the low back means that it looks good in a room without having to be placed up against a wall as is the case with high-backed furniture.
I think this sofa is ideally suited to a bedroom or office or somewhere where it is a secondary piece of furniture as it is probably not comfortable enough as the main sofa in a living room for watching films for a few hours without moving. However I think it is a stylish and decent sofa for the price.
We've lived all over, we tend to move with my husbands job. Occasionally we've rented rather than buying as we've known we wouldn't be there for to long. The last place we rented was unfurnished, I always insist on unfurnished as I don't want to sit on a sofa that you don't know what people have done or spilt on there!! yuck!! When furnishing a short term rental I always drag my husband to Ikea and we buy everything we need relatively cheaply.
The last sofa that we bought for a rental apartment was the Klippan sofa from Ikea. The Klippan sofa comes in various colours; red, natural, white, red with white dots, black, green and white striped, and denim. We bought the denim colour, it's actually called 'Vansta dark blue', and it's a dark blue denim colour, with red constrast stitching around the seams, just like a pair of jeans. The Klippan sofas range in price between £139 and £179, depending on your colour choice, the denim colour Klippan is £179, I'm sure that when we bought it we only paid around £139 for it though. I guess that prices do increase.
This is a a fairly basic no-frills sofa, and it's really cheap. However having said that we were really really impressed with it, and you absoutely can't fault it for the money.
The Klippan sofa is a two seater sofa, but you can fit three people sitting on this as it's a fairly big two seater. Yes it's a lot more comfortable with just two people sitting on it as each person has more room, but it's good to know that if you have company than you can sit three people on this.
When you buy the Klippan sofa you buy the sofa itself, and the cover seperately, so basically if your cover gets ruined or if you just fancy a change you can buy just a replacement cover. The removable cover is machine washable, so if you spill something on it, or even just to freshen it up you can just pop it in the washing machine. You can't put the cover in the tumble dryer though, you have to hang it up to dry. Having siad that though I did put mine in the tumble dryer each time I washed it, and I washed it around a half a dozen times. The first time that I tumble dried the cover I did panic a bit that I may have shrunk the cover, and that it wouldn't fit back onto the sofa, but it did and it was fine. I may have just been lucky that mine didn't shrink so I wouldn't neccessarily advise this, however if I ever have a Klippan sofa again I would definately try tumble drying the cover again.
As with all Ikea furniture the Klippan sofa is self assembly, my husband asssembled this himself in about 2 hours, it then takes around 30 minutes to put the cover on. It used to take me about 10 minutes to take the cover off each time that I washed it, and then around 30 minutes for my husband to put it back on that evening.
The Klippan sofa is a boxy looking sofa, which stands on 4 steel colured tubular legs. It has flat square boxy armrests, which are actually ideal to place a drink or a plate on. I jazzed ours up with a couple of funky cushions and I thought that it looked absolutely fine.
I was really impressed with the quality of the Klippan sofa, the cushions didn't go flat at all, in fact they didn't even dent or start to get a dip in them. I had thought initially that they would do this, but we didn't mind so much as long as we got 12 months use out of it. In fact we would have ended up getting way more than 12 months use out of this. When we moved out after a year, we gave the sofa away to friends and it still actually looked as good as new, especially as I'd just washed the cover before we gave it to them.
The only slight issue that my husband had with the Klippan sofa was that it was a low backed sofa, he is 6'4'' and so he felt that in an ideal world the back could have been higher for more support. I'm only 5'5'' and so didn't notice anything wrong with the sofa at all.
I would certainly reccomend this sofa to anyone on a budget, and I would certainly buy one another to furnish our next rental (when the time comes!)